Fernanda Leite

Headshot of Dr. Fernanda LeiteDr. Fernanda Leite is an Assistant Professor in Construction Engineering and Project Management, in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. She has a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, from Carnegie Mellon University.

Prior to her graduate education, she worked as a Project Manager in her home country Brazil, in multiple government and commercial building construction projects. Since her start at the University of Texas in January 2010, she has served as co-principal investigator and principal investigator in approximately $1,500,000 in externally funded research and has co-authored over 35 refereed journal, book chapters, and conference publications. Her technical interests include information technology for project management, building information modeling, life-cycle information integration, collaboration and coordination technologies, and information technology-supported construction safety management.

At the University of Texas, Dr. Leite teaches Project Management and Economics, as well as graduate-level courses on Building Information Modeling for Capital Projects and Project Controls. She currently supervises five PhD students and three MS students. She has graduated eight MS students. She currently serves as Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, as well as Elected Secretary of the ASCE Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology Visualization, Information Modeling, and Simulation Committee.

Dr. Leite has been honored with several awards, including being selected as an Engineering and Construction Contracting Association Future Leader (2011), Construction Industry Institute (CII) Distinguished Professor (2011), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Fellow (2010), and Carnegie Mellon University’s Paul P. Christiano Distinguished Service Award (2009).

Dr. Leite advises all of her students to "pursue a career they are passionate about". Her favorite thing about her work is "the feeling after teaching a good class".

Dr. Leite is also a member of the Women in Engineering Program Faculty Committee.